First Church has exciting things happening with our Children’s Ministry. We have been busy building a program that ensures that we provide a safe and fun environment for children to grow in their connection to God. Your child will learn, make new friends, and feel loved while attending our engaging children’s classes.
Children are our first priority at First Church!
Nursery (Infants – 2 years)
Children are welcome to attend the 11a.m. in-person service. At this time, the nursery is available and sanitized for parents if needed, but is currently not staffed due to Covid. The nursery is located in the church office near the Mira Mar entrance.
All volunteers and staff members at First Church are heavily screened and must pass a strict background check.
Preschool (3 years – Kindergarten) and Elementary (1st – 5th grades)
Preschool through Kindergarten aged children currently meet via Zoom from 9:30a.m, to 10:00a.m.
Elementary-age children currently meet via Zoom from 10:00a.m. to 10:30a.m.
With pre-registration, pre-K though 5th graders are invited to participate in an in-person, one-room Sunday School class while parents are in the 11a.m. in-person worship. To pre-register, please call Susan Quigley at 941-955-0935 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Parents must sign an acknowledgement of Covid protocol ahead of time, which Susan can provide via email. The Sunday School classroom is upstairs and accessible by the elevator or the stairs next to the church office.
Children’s Moment is held online during this time.
Children in middle and high school are invited to attend our in-person worship services on Sunday mornings at 11a.m.
Group Sunday School Curriculum
Are you looking for a top-rated daycare or preschool in the downtown area? First Church offers a weekday preschool and daycare through our Early Care Center (ECC) which provides a nurturing educational experience for children six weeks to Kindergarten with an average enrollment of 75. Because our program is so good, there is often a waiting list.
The Early Care Center is on the lower level of the Family Life Center. The entrance is on Mira Mar Court. For more information on our Early Care Center, click here
ALL ON PROPERTY CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES ARE CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Throughout the Year:
On Christmas Eve, children and families are invited to attend the Traditional Service at 4 p.m. or the 7 p.m. Reservations are REQUIRED.
In February, a fun Valentine’s Party is held to celebrate God’s love and the gift of friendship.
Palm Sunday: the children are invited to process into the 9:45 & 11 a.m. services waving Palm Branches.
An Easter Egg-Stravaganza is held several weeks prior to Easter. This is a fun family friendly event open to the community. A free lunch is served, the Easter Story is told to the children, followed by face painting, crafts, a variety of active games and an Easter Egg Hunt.
On Pentecost (May or June) the children celebrate with a birthday party for the birth of the church.
Vacation Bible School (VBS) is open to preschoolers (3, 4 and 5-year-olds) and elementary children (Kindergarten – 4th graders) of the community the third week of June.
The Sunday following VBS week all VBS participants & their families are invited to join us at the 11 a.m. service as the children sing one or two of their favorite VBS Songs.
***To ensure the safety of each child every adult who volunteers in our Children’s Ministry must pass a background check and participate in a Child Protection Policy Training prior to serving as a leader or aide.***